Charity wants to do more to tackle domestic violence in 2013

White Ribbon Campaign director Chris Green.
White Ribbon Campaign director Chris Green.

An upper Calder Valley anti-domestic violence charity is hoping to build on the success it had last year and achieve even more in 2013.

The White Ribbon Campaign, which is based in Mytholmroyd, hopes to double its presence, work with more local and national organisations and get 25,000 men to pledge not to commit violence against women.

Chris Green, founder of the charity, said: “Many organisations in the sector providing services for female victims of violence have experienced cuts to their funding, despite the levels of violence against women and girls continuing to increase. White Ribbon had its most successful year in 2012 as it is being seen as more and more important to involve men in challenging violence against women.

“We rely largely upon individual donations and fundraising to pay for educational and awareness raising activities, and the work of our volunteers. Because of increasing support we expect to be able to expand our activities.”

Mr Green said the charity wants to work with more biker groups, following its successful link up with Hebden Bridge Rats, and representatives of the 2013 Rugby World Cup.

He said: “Hebden Royd was the first council to become a supporter of White Ribbon and now 45 cities and towns across the UK have followed their lead, and been awarded White Ribbon status. This requires drawing up a three-year action plan to involve men in challenging violence. In 2013, we expect to expand our list of councils to over 80.

“We want to work more with young people. This year we will have our first secondary school in Calderdale, Crossley Heath High School, obtaining its White Ribbon award. We welcome the involvement of other local schools. We will also be working with a small group of young people to give them the skills to challenge attitudes which breed violent behaviour.

“The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge has been a long time supporter, and we have ordered 5,000 White Ribbon guitar badges to be delivered in early spring, which will be on sale there and at music festivals around the country.”